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Melbourne: Planning for Palm Sunday 2016

23 November 2015 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm



Important meeting on Monday 23 November to plan for a large public gathering in support of refugees on PALM SUNDAY (20 March 2016).

We are hoping that a large number of community groups, faith groups, unions, refugee advocacy groups and political organisations will commit to working together to organise the 2016 Palm Sunday gathering in support of refugees.  Last year 10,000 walked, and this year an estimated 15,000 people attended.  We want the 2016 gathering to be bigger still.  New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has expressed ‘concern’ over abuses on Manus and Nauru, but has not made any policy changes. We need to show that there is growing community concern about the current approach.  The refugee movement continues to grow, and a large vibrant Palm Sunday event will help to build momentum for change.

 Please arrange for a representative from your or ganisation to join us at this initial planning meeting: 6pm -7.30pm Monday 23 November, 2015  at ANMF House, 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne (just north of the Victoria Markets).

ALL WELCOME:  Your ideas and suggestions will be important to help plan the event and publicity strategies to ensure that  as many community groups and organisations are included and involved.   Please also forward this invitation to others who may be interested.

Discussion Items for this Planning Meeting include:

  • Key theme/s
  • Gathering place – Walk/March route & destination
  • Initial ideas for speakers, musicians etc
  • Building support
  • Publicity strategies
  • Formation of organising group
  • Planning schedule

Please RSVP by emailing or texting Marie Hapke (0409 252 673) on or Chris Breen on  (0403 013 183).

We look forward to seeing you on November 23rd  – please RSVP, and also let us know whether your organisation/group will  endorse the Palm Sunday Walk/March.